[Protest of Army Best and Final Offer Evaluation]

B-219658: Dec 11, 1985

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A firm protested the Army's evaluation of its best and final offer under a solicitation for the operation of an Army airfield, contending that the Army improperly calculated its labor costs and increased its proposed bid price by about $1.7 million. The Army recalculated the bid by multiplying the protester's offered hourly wage rates by its estimate of the number of hours in each wage category. The protester believed that the Army should have divided its proposed total bid price for each labor category by the estimated number of hours for that category. GAO held that: (1) the Army reasonably recalculated the protester's bid; (2) while the protester may have been confused by the solicitation and instructions that the Army gave during negotiations, there was only one reasonable interpretation of the solicitation; and (3) the protester was not prejudiced because the Army evaluated all of the bids equally. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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